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West Salem DECA club sees best year yet

05/23/2016 1:11 pm

By: Tobias Mann, Coulee News

It was a big year for the West Salem DECA club, which sent its largest delegation of students yet to the International Development Career Conference in Nashville, Tenn., late last month.

The competition ultimately culminated in two finalists, Kaylee Mulholland and Allison Rigotti, who’s financial literacy promotion plan caught the attention of judges.

This was a big deal for DECA club adviser Jason Holter, who had hoped to have at least one finalist this year.

He said the two were in the top 16 contestants internationally.

Mulholland and Rigotti’s project involved organizing a school-wide reality store event last December. During the event, students basically played a giant game of “Life.” Students had to manage their finances in fictional scenario.

The goal of the project was to show students the complexity of managing their finances and balancing a budget.

In addition to organizing the event, the two wrote a 27-page research paper and rehearsed a 10-15 minute long presentation complete with visuals.

Mulholland said they were also able to integrate an iPad into their board with the help of one of the shop classes.

Their project first secured them a spot in the state competition, and later, their titles as national conference finalists.

Mulholland said they had to work to keep the attention of the judges focused on them so they would forget about everyone else.


“At state, we had originally finished second, and at internationals, our goal was to beat the team that finished first,” Rigotti said. “We accomplished that.”

Holter said students spend months refining their projects, agonizing over details and judges comments every step of the way.

DECA is an international club offering students the opportunity to prepare themselves for a future in business, marketing and advertising.

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